‘The Best Exotic Classic Car Rally – Rajasthan or Bust’
Adventure lovers and fans of the hit ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ films can stay at the hotel where the movies were filmed and have afternoon tea at another filming location, the colonial-style Viceroy Club, as part of a unique Indian car adventure offered by Nomadic Knights.
Nomadic Knights has announced the addition of the two experiences to its 14-night ‘Best Exotic Classic Car Rally’ across Indian cities, deserts and hills in February 2017.
Filming locations for ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (2011), and its 2015 sequel ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ have become popular tourist attractions in India. Ravla Khempur, a hotel where guests on the tour will stay and enjoy a delicious dinner, was the filming location for the hotel itself, while the regal Viceroy Club, set within the historic Castle Kanota, was the setting for several scenes featuring actors Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup.
Nomadic Knights’ car rally in 2017 is set to appeal to movie lovers, car enthusiasts and those with a thirst for adventure. Like the characters in the films, travellers on the tour will experience Indian culture and have a lot of fun along the way.
Travellers will drive over 2300 kilometres while staying in desert camps, ancient forts and grand palaces. The car of choice will be the Hindustan Ambassador, regarded as a definitive Indian vehicle and produced in India from 1958 to 2014. It was modelled on the popular 1950s UK model, the Morris Oxford, and has been popular with Indian royals and politicians for decades. Those who prefer not to drive can opt to journey with a driver provided by Nomadic Knights.
The round-trip from Delhi starts on February 13, 2017, with an indulgent Valentine’s Day dinner held the next day in the grand, 700-year-old Neemrana Fort Palace. The roving tour then takes in the colours, castles and exotic charms of destinations across Rajasthan such as the vast Thar Desert, where a camel ride is included, the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer, the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, the tigers of Ranthambore National park where a safari is offered, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the ornate palaces of the spectacular lakeside city of Udaipur. A visit to the famous Taj Mahal in Agra is also included before the rally returns to Agra.
The 14-night tour is available for US$4330 per person in a shared car and US$5790 for sole use, including accommodation each night, breakfast and dinner daily, arranged transfers, support team, mechanical back up and support vehicles. A tiger safari in Ranthambore, camel riding in the Thar Desert and visits to the Taj Mahal and forts are also included. Guests can opt to drive or be a passenger. Flights to India are extra.
Based in India, Nomadic Knights offers guided motorbike tours in India, the Himalayas and Burma, with the annual car rally its only four-wheeled offering. Nomadic Knights was founded by Scotsman, Alex Pirie, who moved to India in 2008 to combine his passion for vehicles, adventure and India. Nomadic Knights attracts adventurers from around the world, with Australia and the UK the key markets.
Details and bookings are at www.nomadicknights.com .